The inimitable Alastair McIntosh in Conversation with Kirsty Gunn (of Writing Practice and Study at the University of Dundee) on writing, walking, camping kit, travel, islands, fairies and manifestations of the divine.
Writers Read: David Robinson & Chris Arthur in conversation with Kirsty Gunn (Writing Practice and Study programme at the University of Dundee) on writing non-fiction.
Writers Read: Former Writing Practice and Study student Sandra Ireland in Conversation with Kirsty Gunn on the publication of her second novel, Bone Deep.
The very moving book launch of Jim Stewart's THIS, 14 November 2018 @ Toppings, St Andrews. The collection is posthumously published by The Voyage Out Press. Readings of his poems are by Beth McDonough, Alan Jackson, Marion Wynne Davies, Marilla Flogdell, Sue Haigh, Emma Sutton, Dawn Wood and Jane Goldman (colleagues, former students and family), Read More
The poet Jim Stewart (1952-2016) earned that rarest of writer’s accolades: of being well-loved by those who not only knew his work but knew him. He had a well-deserved reputation as a gifted and inspiring teacher who, in typical Dundonian fashion, seemed to hide his calling under a genuine sense of duty, so that his Read More
What drew you to Gagarin Way? Well, Andrew [Andrew Panton, the artistic director at the Rep] approached me with the play and asked if I wanted to direct, which is unusual for me – I usually come up with and direct my own ideas for plays. But I was drawn to Gagarin Way in part because Read More
In June 2018 I interviewed Philip Lopate, who is probably the most famous living essayist in the world. On camera.* It was something I’d never done before, and to say I was nervous is an understatement. I shook hands with him the day before and heard him deliver his keynote for the ‘Taking ideas for Read More
Bute Noir is a three-day crime writing festival held in the town of Rothesay on the Isle of Bute, a short ferry from Glasgow. Despite being one of the smaller venues for such a festival, the island can hold its own in the field, with some of the most respected authors of this genre attending Read More
“You’re spot on time. Isn’t that good?” Fiona Kidman is warm and merry, bright as a button. She takes me through her kitchen and into the dining room, stopping to point out the view from her window. “Can you see the lights? That’s the airport above the sea, Wellington.” In Wellington, New Zealand, it’s 9.00 Read More
On not straight-jacketing the essay form, creative failures, telling jokes etc.The renowned US essayist, Philip Lopate, interviewed by Paula Lyttle at the “Taking Ideas for a Walk” Essay conference for the University of Dundee Centre for Creative and Critical Cultures, Hospitalfield House, 19-20 June 2018.